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African elephants

President Obama says that wild elephants are on the verge of becoming extinct and if that happens it would be "an unpardonable loss for humanity and the natural world." The US has taken action under the Obama administration to combat the poaching trade by finding and prosecuting poachers, (the poaching trade threatens animals such as elephants and rhinos for their ivory tusks), but these species are still in grave danger. Data released just this week reveals that more African elephants are being killed for their tusks than are being born and around 60% of elephant deaths are at the hands of poachers. From sea turtles to various bird species and black bears (whose numbers, thankfully, have risen over the past several years due to conservation efforts), our world is facing an extinction crisis and it's up to us as humans to do the best we can not to contribute to that crisis. Whether it's choosing not to buy single-use plastic items that end up in our world's oceans or buying a zero emissions vehicle to help combat global warming, we all can make a change in saving our natural world and its creatures.

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.

1 comment

Mar 18, 2016 • Posted by Steve Kuhn

If we can’t save our Wildlife how can we expect to save ourselves.

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